Monday, October 19, 2009

kyle kicking the kalories

Kyle has already blogged about his weight loss. Now it is my turn! Let's start back when Kyle and I met in 2007. When we met, I was training for another 1/2 marathon. I ate pretty healthy as well. Once we started dating, Kyle said I was a good influence and that he wanted to start eating healthier and run a 5k. We were picking up Subway one night for dinner and he ordered a sub and he then proceeded to grab regular chips. So I said "Kyle, are you sure you want those chips?" So he grabbed the baked lays. Hey, he told me to help out so I was his voice of reason! He also completed his 1st 5k (see "got the runs" blog) in 2007!

Kyle at my 10 year high school reunion Oct 07. He was hot even back then!

In March of 2008 (a month before we got married), Kyle went to his doctor to get his annual physical. It was a slap in the face. He was told his triglycerides were high and cholesterol (both HDL and LDL) were out of whack. Diabetes runs in his family. His dr told him to lose 10 lbs, get on a diet, exercise and come back in 6 months. He had already been doing those things to an extent. He hung the lab report in his bathroom and was determined to get this blood work right! (After the honeymoon of course, that food was amazing!)

Kyle in Cancun on our honeymoon weighing 250 lbs.

After the honeymoon, we returned to reality and I moved in. When we went grocery shopping, he had me to help pick out healthier foods. He changed his eating habits. We don't eat out a lot and that is where a lot of people gain weight. It is so hard to know what is in the food cooked and it is always too much of it on the plate. Ironically, a McDonald's open up by his work last year! He told me that if it would have opened up before he met me, he really would have been in trouble. He tells me I have no idea the leaps and bounds he has made to say NO to unhealthy food.

He went for his 6 month check up (sept 08) and had lost 15 lbs! His dr was elated. He was running and eating healthy. But his blood work still came back high. The dr said he needed to come again in 6 months.

6 months came and he lost 10 more lbs (march 09). But his blood work was still high. The dr said he was going to put him on cholesterol meds if it didn't get better by the next visit. He was doing everything right. Losing weight, exercising, even training for a 1/2 marathon....Kyle was not happy that it might be genetic. The dr wanted to see him in 3 months to do blood work and decide the next step.

He then started weight watchers to lose the last 18 or so lbs. I did it with him and lost 9 lbs! We didn't go to meetings (I think if I went people would have thrown rocks at me) so we did it ourselves and had weekly weigh-ins like on the biggest loser. We had a spread sheet that calculates the point system. Here is a video of Kyle's 2nd weigh in. (turn up your volume)

Weight watchers was hard for me! I was only allowed 19 points at 1st and Kyle had 34. Not fair! I was taught to read food labels and make even healthier choices so that I could save my points and not waste them on empty calories. Then when I lost some weight, I only had 18 points!

Here was Kyle's weight from Tuesday, October 27.

We do eat bad...we have to reward ourselves for being so good! Especially during football and tailgate season. We eat our bad food in moderation. It tastes even better that way!

Kyle went for his dreaded check-up in June of this year and FINALLY, all his blood work was pretty much normal! His overall cholesterol went down 50 points from March of 08. The only pill he took was a fish oil pill 3 times a day. Whew, what relief. He will go back in December to see if he is maintaining. We still weigh in weekly to make sure we don't fall off track (we do this on the same night the Biggest Loser comes on...we are chessey like that!)

Kyle labor day weekend showing off his sky box ticket his mom gave him.
If you would like to donate to the "Kyle lost weight and now needs all new clothes" fund, please let me know! Your money is going to a good cause! Just kidding! Look at Kyle in his 42 inch pants! WOW!
Kyle's mom bought him his first pair of 34 jeans since high school. Everyone is so proud of him!

Here is Kyle's biggest loser moment. Please turn up your volume.
Previous weight: 250
Current weight: 195.5
Total % of weight lost: 21.8%
Total weight lost: 54.5

Hey this is Kyle, I'm very impressed with the blog. My wife has done a great job with the blog and motivating me to lose my weight. First off, I needed to lose weight because I was fat and my doctor even told me so. I had very unhealthy eating habits and was heading towards being a diabetic and heart disease. I also needed to lose the weight because I married the love of my life and I needed to be around as long a possible for her and our future kids including Boomer and Bailey. The key to losing my weight was not a diet, but a lifestyle change. Diets are temporary. Lifestyle changes are forever. You have to have the full package. You have to mentally prepare yourself each day to face food challenges that are on every corner (even a McDonald's by my bank). I'm proud to say I have only had a salad from McDonald's with light dressing and I think that is pretty impressive considering I have to smell the fries they cook everyday. Don't get me wrong it is very tempting. You also have to have support from your family and friends. My wife has done a great job having a lifestyle change with me and helped me become a better person inside and out! Even Boomer has lost 2 pounds by switching his treats to carrots. I want him to live as long as he can! Losing this weight has been great for me physically and mentally. I feel better than I ever have in my entire life. You never know, this may motivate someone else to begin their lifestyle change. There is no reason you can't do it, I don't care what you weigh. Just remember this: If this fat boy can do it, you can too. Thanks for reading.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

summer time

the target $1 isle got me! i planned on having a garden but i thought i would try out some plants growing from seeds. (basil, parsley, peppers, tomatoes....the oregano didn't make it)

we had an urban garden. we were too scared our pooches would dig our garden up.

peppers from the hernando nursery.

sweet peppers.

our grandparents would be proud!

in june, stephanie and ray were married! here are some pictures of the fun day!

steph and ray's rehearsal dinner at central bbq.

holly, lisa, and i with the brasher girls at steph's wedding.

mr. and mrs. betts

my parents

aren't we cute!?

Also in june, we went to gulf shores with my mother-in-law for a relaxing get-a-way.

i have said before that kyle loves the food network. he saw this place (panini pete's) on dinners, drive-ins and dives with guy fieri. it was in fairhope, al about 10 mins off of our path. panini pete's is in a french quarter like sqaure. very cute!

and it was YUMMY! when we were leaving, kyle recognized the chef/owner from the episode. kyle, being the sweet guy he is, went to get the car so ms. ethel ann and i ended up in a boutique ( must know my mother -in-law, she's a big shopper!) we saw kyle pull up and we were just about to walk out the door when we saw the owner (pete) riding down the sidewalk on a segway! i mean, that's the way to travel!

after we ate we arrived to our condo, we then went to the grocery store. only to find out that one of the keys they gave us didn't work! we waited about 30 mins before someone came to give us the right keys. good thing we got ice for the cooler, the icecream would have melted and i would not have been a happy camper!

about to go to dinner. day 1 with no tan!

1st full day on the beach.

most people that know me, know that i am a firm believer in sunscreen. well, even after reappling we still were sunburned. kyle was worse than me. note to self: buy new sunscreen each year and throw the others away!!

kyle and his mamma at cobalt's in orange beach.

it is wave time!

whew, it was hot!

our last night at the beach. the sun won and gave us a lovely souvenir.

at the warf.

the 4th of july! kyle surprised me and bought me tickets to see wicked for an early birthday present! it was really good!

my surprise birthday at work. they got me!

i love peanut butter and chocolate. my friend at work jen is an amazing cook and she made me peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes for my birthday!

more birthday food. you only turn 30 once right? kyle's famous pesto pizza!

we had a get together for my birthday and there was a peanut butter and chocolate icecream cake! yummy!

hanging out at cindy and betsy's celebrating my bday!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

memphis in may

memphis in may is a very busy month for our city with a lot of events such as music fest, bbq fest (my fav), sunset symphony, etc. well, kyle and i had a busy month as well! starting with one of my good friend stephanie's bachlorette party in hot springs, ark. we wanted to have a relaxing get-a-way, however we had a strange but fun experience. we now call it spooky springs b/c it rained the whole time and we stayed at the arlington hotel which is old and haunted!

kristy and i pretending to enter the tower of terror! like i said, the hotel is old and the elevator reminded me of the tower of terror at disney!! since we were at spooky springs, we decided to go on a hunt for room 666. and they don't have that room! 665 then 667. we had some time to "kill" since we could not be pool side.

lisa, carol and i hanging out before the lights went out! as steph was opening presents, we saw the lightening then heard the BOOM, then the lights went out for about 10 seconds. SPOOKY SPRINGS!

finally out on the town! we ended up having fun just being with each other!

the very next weekend, we decided to visit graceland too. what is graceland too you ask? well it is paul's house in holly springs, ms. paul is the # 1 fan of elvis. ironic this week is elvis week and i get to share with you my experience. it is open 365 days a year and paul lives there, waiting on people to visit. here is a review of the house.

this is my officemate april. she went with us! she is a life-time member which takes 3 times to complete. she is posing with paul, the owner and tourguide.

april snapped a picture of us watching paul sing an elvis song. our faces are priceless!

the group photo: paul takes a pic if every person that tours the house and hangs it on the wall. however, all the pics i saw on the wall were from 1990. i recommend this tour for anyone that needs a good laugh. no words can describe the tour. you must go yourself to see. the cost is $5 and knock loud b/c he might be alseep when you go to visit.

ah, bbq fest! it really is my favorite time of memphis in may. we would love to join a team at some point but for now, we just hang out with our friends with tents! it is oh so much fun!! it is so big the food network comes to film!

kyle wishes he could grill a burger as big as the grill.

fun times by the river just before we dug into some bbq!

me. cindy.steph.

the memphis queen under a beautiful sunset.

now it is time more more showers for steph!
steph with her adpi sorority sisters.

kyle and i at steph and ray's tool shower.

the girls at the tool shower.

may ended with kyle and i attending the sunset symphony. we carried our cooler and blankets down to the river...
...only to get rained on! here is a pic of some people taking cover. i was smart and brought my raincoat and an umbrella. it poured 2 times.

the happy couple enjoying the rain and keeping dry!
the sun...finally!
cindy and john joined us, after the rain of course. we had a good time!
whew, may was busy but fun!